Perceptions towards aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis who have discontinued participation in this exercise mode

Alison L. Fisken*, Debra L. Waters, Wayne A. Hing, Justin W. Keogh

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Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to investigate reasons for ceasing participation in aqua-based exercise among older adults with osteoarthritis (OA). Methods: Eleven adults over 60 years of age with OA participated in one of two focus groups, during which they discussed barriers to aqua-based exercise and the potential benefits of this exercise mode. Each focus group was audiotaped, transcribed and then analysed using the general inductive thematic approach. The investigators reached a consensus on all coding categories and then identified themes. Results: Key barriers identified were: a lack of suitable classes; insufficient instructor knowledge, which often led to increased pain; cold water and the changing facilities. Key perceived benefits included increased physical ability in water and social interaction. Conclusions: A greater understanding of reasons for ceasing participation in aqua-based exercise among older adults with OA may help facilitate development of suitable exercise programs that minimise barriers for this group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume35
Issue number1
Early online date29 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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